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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: Rethinking Time, Talent, and Treasure

Blog #225 This post is the fifth part of this series, which shares my insights and take-aways from the recent Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy course I completed at Harvard Business School. In this case, the events outlined here happened after my experience at Harvard; however, the thoughts and ideas expressed in this blog occurred to me during my time there. It was then that I realized I had not done any

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: Stay True to Your Brand

Blog #224 In this blog, the fourth of the series, I will continue sharing my take-aways, observations, and reflections from the Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy course I recently took at Harvard Business School. Professor Bill Kerr presented a case study that involved the company CrossFit. The owner of CrossFit was going through a divorce and his spouse was selling her stake in the business for over $20 million. She legally had

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: When Buying a Business, Keep It Short and Sweet

Blog #223 This blog is the third installment of my insights and take-aways from a course called Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy I recently completed at Harvard Business School. One case study followed the process that Jim Sharp, an upper-level corporate guy, endured to buy a business, onboard himself, turn it around, and eventually sell it. Since I am a former business broker, I loved this case, as it was fun to

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: Are You Looking Downfield?

Blog #222 This blog is the second installment of my insights and take-aways from a course called Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy I recently completed at Harvard Business School. Professor Lynda Applegate presented a case study in which she described some early personal challenges that had influenced her in becoming a professor. After being tenured, life threw her a wonderful curveball – she had a son. Lynda continued by expressing how she

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School

Blog #221 Recently, I took an Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy course at Harvard Business School. Since then, I have had time to reflect on what I learned during my time in Boston; in the next several blogs, I will share the insights and tips I gathered from this experience. This intense course was facilitated by the senior MBA faculty of Harvard Business School. In total, there were 97 participants of a

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Tips for a Great Virtual Meeting

Blog #220 Just before sitting down to write this blog, I had just finished a strategy session with a new client in the UK. I was in Nebraska and they were in England. Even though I am not really a fan of technology at times, the virtual meeting worked, was impactful, and well, was fun. As much as I dislike technology, there are times and situations that require it to

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Are You Willing to Fail?

Blog #219 Reka and I just completed hosting our most recent couples retreat, and although it was not what we had expected, it was extraordinary. This isn’t to say everything went perfectly and according to plan; the ramp-up to the actual event was even a bit rocky. However, the end results for the couple that flew in to participate, I believe, will be life-changing. Reka and I were able to

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How I Gained Control

Blog #218: No, I am not a drug dealer or a doctor, but I do carry a pager. Recently, we were out with friends for dinner and my pocket started to vibrate. I reached in and pulled out my pager. Our younger friends looked at me with suspicion – I think they might have only seen these electronic relics in movies. Their questions started an interesting conversation. I have chosen

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Goals: Write Them Down!

Blog #217 Recently, Reka and I returned from a conference in Dallas where we took a few extra days to have our own personal retreat. Since we are both essentially Solopreneurs, this works well for us. Because our business and personal lives have become so intertwined, we weave in a combination of our business objectives and personal goals. Next month, we will be facilitating a couples retreat and we needed

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Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should – Delegate!

Blog #216 I often see this challenge with smart people. Typically, these are people who can figure out how to do almost anything…but the real question is just because they can, does it mean they should? More often than not, the answer is no, they shouldn’t do it. An easy way to determine this is to ask yourself if the task you are doing is the highest and best use

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